Tendinopathy is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility in various parts of the body. 

While often associated with athletes and active individuals, tendinopathy can strike anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Luckily, your Lithia chiropractor can be an invaluable resource in managing this condition and getting you back to the activities you love! Keep reading to find out how.

What is Tendinopathy?

Tendinopathy is an umbrella term that encompasses several conditions affecting the tendons, the thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. 

Some of the most common types of tendinopathy include:

  1. Rotator cuff tendinopathy: Affecting the shoulder tendons, often causing pain and weakness when lifting or rotating the arm.
  2. Patellar tendinopathy: Also known as “jumper’s knee,” this condition causes pain and stiffness in the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone.
  3. Achilles tendinopathy: Impacting the tendon that runs down the back of the lower leg and connects to the heel bone, causing pain and tightness in the calf and ankle.
  4. Elbow tendinopathy: Often referred to as “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow,” this condition causes pain and weakness in the tendons that attach to the elbow joint.

Symptoms of tendinopathy can vary depending on the specific tendon affected but often include pain, stiffness, swelling, and a reduced range of motion in the affected area. These symptoms may worsen with activity and improve with rest, although chronic cases may cause persistent discomfort even at rest.

Tendinopathy also typically occurs due to overuse or repetitive stress on the tendon, leading to microscopic tears and inflammation. Other factors that can contribute to the development of tendinopathy include poor biomechanics, muscle imbalances, and sudden increases in activity levels. Thus, as you might guess, taking time away from such activities can help improve it.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

While rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medications can provide temporary relief from the symptoms of tendinopathy, addressing the underlying causes of the condition is crucial for long-term recovery. This is where your Lithia chiropractor comes in. By utilizing a range of non-invasive, drug-free treatment techniques, your chiropractor can help:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation: Chiropractic adjustments and joint mobilizations can help alleviate pressure on the affected tendon, reducing pain and inflammation in the surrounding tissues.
  • Improve joint function: Chiropractic care can help improve overall function and reduce the risk of future injury by restoring proper alignment and mobility to the joints around the affected tendon.
  • Address contributing factors: Your chiropractor will assess your posture, biomechanics, and muscle balance to identify any underlying factors that may be contributing to your tendinopathy.
  • Provide education and guidance: Your chiropractor will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that includes self-care strategies, such as rest, ice, and appropriate modifications to your activities. They can also provide guidance on proper form and technique to help you avoid future overuse injuries.

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The At Last Chiropractic team offers compassionate and expert care, aimed at helping you achieve a full recovery and improved overall health. Book your appointment with us today!